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Curriculum Content and Evaluation of Resident Competency in Clinical Pathology (Laboratory Medicine): A Proposal

This document was prepared by an ad hoc committee of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) composed of Brian R. Smith, MD (Yale University) and Alan Wells, MD, DMSc (University of Pittsburgh) as chair and co-chair of the committee, C. Bruce Alexander, MD (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Edwin Bovill, MD (University of Vermont) as members of the steering committee, and, in alphabetical order: Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD (Yale), Amitava Dasgupta, PhD (University of Texas at Houston), Mark Fung, MD, PhD (University of Vermont), Barbara Haller, MD, PhD (University of California at San Francisco), John G. Howe, PhD (Yale), Curtis Parvin, PhD (Washington University), Ellinor Peerschke, PhD (Weill Cornell School of Medicine), Henry Rinder, MD (Yale), Steven Spitalnik, MD (Columbia University), Ronald Weiss, MD (University of Utah), Mark Wener, MD (University of Washington) along with the assistance of many other members of ACLPS, some of whom are noted in the acknowledgements.

This article is copyright by the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. All rights reserved. The article is being simultaneously published in spring, 2006 in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Pathology Patterns journal, a special supplement issue of Human Pathology, and in Clinical Chemistry. A direct link to the preprint version in Clinical Chemistry is available below.


Ten years have passed since the Graylyn Conference Report on Laboratory Medicine / Clinical Pathology training was issued. Over that time period, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) substantially revised the requirements for training programs, the American Board of Pathology (ABP) amended both the requirements and the time periods needed for certification, and the discipline itself, along with the broader discipline of pathology, evolved significantly. Recently, a curriculum proposal in anatomic pathology was published as a potential template to be used by training programs to help meet these new and evolving needs. Toward the same end, the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) has now developed a template for a curriculum in clinical pathology (laboratory medicine), taking into account newly designated and revised areas of residency core competency, the alterations in training requirements promulgated by the ACGME and ABP, and the rapidly developing nature of the discipline itself. The proposed clinical pathology curriculum defines goals and objectives for training, provides guidelines for instructional methods, and gives examples of how outcomes can be assessed. This curriculum is presented as a potentially helpful outline for use by pathology residency training programs.

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